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A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New by Carrie M. Lane

By Carrie M. Lane

Being laid off could be a nerve-racking occasion. The unemployed fear approximately how they'll pay their debts and discover a new task. within the American economy's boom-and-bust enterprise cycle because the Nineteen Eighties, repeated layoffs became a part of operating lifestyles. In an organization of 1, Carrie M. Lane reveals that the hot tradition of company employment, alterations to the task seek approach, and dual-income marriage have reshaped how state-of-the-art expert staff view unemployment. via interviews with seventy-five unemployed and underemployed high-tech white-collar staff within the Dallas zone over the process the 2000s, Lane exhibits that they have got embraced a brand new definition of employment during which all jobs are transitority and all employees are, or will be, self sustaining "companies of one."Following the stories of person jobseekers over the years, Lane explores the significant position that equipped networking occasions, operating spouses, and neoliberal ideology play in forging and reinforcing a brand new individualist, pro-market reaction to the more and more insecure nature of latest employment. She additionally explores how this new point of view is reworking conventional rules approximately masculinity and the position of guys as breadwinners. Sympathetic to the advantages that this "company of 1" ideology can carry for its adherents, Lane additionally information the way it hides the real expenses of an insecure staff and makes collective and political responses to activity loss and downward mobility unlikely.

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